Using drone technology could cut labour and costs spent in collecting data for maize breeding by at least ten per cent, preliminary findings of a project in Southern Africa show.more



Cultivation of internationally traded foods is taking up growing volumes of non-renewable groundwater. This is leading to dwindling reserves of groundwater, posing a global threat to future availability of food and water.more

Rice is the most important staple food for millions of people worldwide.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Rice Research Institute have agreed to co-operate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries in order to improve...more



Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the risk for self-amplified forest...more

Smart Food will be taken forward as a partnership with many organisations in India and in African countries. <br/> Photo: ICRISAT


‘Smart Food’, an initiative by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) which will initially focus on popularising millets and sorghum, has been selected by “LAUNCH Food” as one of the...more

Researchers around the globe are working on new methods and agents to combat malaria.<br/> Photo: CDC Global


More effective therapies for malaria infections may soon be available. Researchers at the Universities of Bayreuth and Jerusalem have developed a novel method to release active agents and the new agent “Artemisone” for this...more



An international team of researchers representing the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Wageningen University, has raised alarm over the enormous economic impact parasitic weeds...more



In small village communities around the globe, local resources are often not used sustainably. A study based on 233 village analyses showed that at least one forest product such as firewood, timber, food or animal feed has...more

Climate change


A study by climate researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) shows that the impacts of land use change on carbon dioxide emissions is higher than assumed. In climate protection reforestation should play a...more



In a clinical trial on malaria vaccination, researchers at the German University of Tübingen have achieved a protection of up to 100 per cent by using fully viable malaria parasites.more



A nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.more

Climate change


Excessive groundwater extraction for agriculture is widely blamed for India’s declining water table. However, a new study says that changes in rainfall patterns may be more responsible for groundwater depletion and suggests that...more

Via the “Sowing App” farmers receive important information on seeds, soil treatment etc. <br/>Photo: ICRISAT


ICRISAT, Microsoft and the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh are co-operating on introducing a digital “Sowing Application” to help farmers to optimise their groundnut harvests. The app provides farmers with essential information on...more

A farmer checks whether the pods on his pigeon pea plant are ripe. <br/> Photo: Swathi Sridharan /


By planting pigeon peas alongside maize, African farmers can improve the soil and their own nutritional intake, a doctoral thesis at Swiss ETH Zürich concludes. more

Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/>Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)
Plant breeding


In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool...more

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